Microsoft PacWest SharePoint Server Newsletter – July 2006

Microsoft PacWest SharePoint Server Newsletter – July 2006


Update on Download Availability of MOSS 2007 Beta 2

Just a bit of a heads up… Microsoft is going to begin to charge $1.50 per download of the Beta 2 applications, perhaps as early as the end of July, so get your downloads now! J
Download here.

If you have a favorite charity, here’s a contest to help get your idea implemented. Build a demo and if you win, prizes are awarded to pay towards the implementation of your project. Check out the rules at

News Items

Article describing some specifics with Web Browser support in MOSS 2007.

To jumpstart your training with MOSS 2007, review the steps outlined in this article. SharePoint 2007 Technical Training.

This post references a Beta 2 Technical Resources DVD. I have copies of this DVD for those of you who haven’t received this yet. Let me know and I will send one out to you. It was printed in May, and includes a collection of all the documentation available, architecture diagrams, and even a configured Beta 2 installation of MOSS 2007 within a Virtual PC image. You can expand the compressed form of the Virtual Hard Disk to your machine and use Virtual PC or Virtual Server to start exploring MOSS 2007.

Why the New UI? If you’ve been asking yourself why did Microsoft change the Office User Interface *again*, and feel like you may become the brunt of company jokes when you start demonstrating it to your colleagues, here’s the information that you need. First, subscribe to Jensen Harris’ blog. Then, listen to the podcasts that he has produced so you can hear how he describes the changes to the interface. New Office User Interface Podcast – Part 1 [35:29], and New User Interface Podcast – Part 2 [39:43].

New File Formats. A good article by David Gainer that talks about some of the internals of the new file formats and presents some ideas about how to choose which file format to use. One more… What are the Open XML File Formats, and How Do I Get Started?

What is Groove, and Isn’t It the Same as Windows SharePoint Services (WSS)? Here’s an article that describes Groove in relation to WSS. The level of integration between Groove and WSS is going to raise questions within your organization. Here’s a way to stay a step ahead. Call me if you’d like to see this integration work or if you’re not sure how to interpret this article for your organization, and we can chat about it.

Wall Posters (PDF files) describing the SharePoint Developer Map and the InfoPath Object Model. Display your SharePoint colors with pride!

Virtual PC 2004 SP1 is free and now available for download. If you don’t have any MOSS 2007 images to run with Virtual PC 2004, let me know, and I’ll supply you with a virtual image of a configured Beta 2 system…

If you haven’t seen CodePlex, yet, check it out. It’s a new community and code-sharing site that includes SharePoint and WSS solutions, among others. One solution that you can explore is the SharePoint Learning Kit, which is similar to Class Server, if you’re familiar with that. It’s an e-learning delivery and tracking solution.

A second CodePlex project to check out is the SharePoint Community Kit, which is a starter site for creating a community-oriented SharePoint site.

Brian Jones is a program manager with Microsoft who works with the new file formats in MOSS 2007. I’ve linked to him before, but he has a recent article describing MSFT’s support for ODF.

Records Management is a new collection of functionality in MOSS 2007. The Records Management team has started a blog, the RecMan Blog. Check the archive of this blog for June for some training and detailed discussions about content types, the document information panel, and document policies.

A Workflow Developer Starter Kit is available for download. This includes Visual Studio project templates and a sample workflow for WSS v3 Beta 2.

“WinFX sounds great, but what happens to .NET?” Have you asked this question or have you been asked this question? Somesagar’s Weblog answers this.

Previous Items

Beta 2 is Available

The long awaited release of MOSS Beta 2 happened at the end of May. Please download responsibly! Here’s the link ( to download your copy. The SharePoint team has posted a “Please read this before installing” blog entry. I have a limited supply of already printed DVDs – I will share them with anyone who emails me, asking for a copy.

E-Learning for MOSS 2007

There is a collection of free E-Learning classes available for Microsoft Office 2007 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. See the catalog at

SharePoint Server 2007 Skills Assessment

Now that you’ve got MOSS Beta 2 installed and you’re feeling pretty good about yourself, we’ve posted a self assessment site where you can prove your mad skillz. Let me know how you did. Here are the steps:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on the “Assess Yourself” link.
  3. Click on “I already know my topic area”, and login with your Passport account.
  4. Click on “2007 Microsoft Office System” and underneath Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 207, click on “Take the assessment”

Tech-Ed 2006 Information

Tech-Ed was last week in Boston, and while I wasn’t able to attend, I did hear that there was some great stuff handed out in relation to MOSS 2007. Check out these downloads.

A free book titled: 7 Development Projects for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0. whew. That’s a long title. The link will take you to a downloadable .pdf version of the book.

Forrester report: Developers, Get Ready: 2007 Microsoft Office System Is A Serious Application Platform.


Happy New Year

July of every year is a significant time for me.  Many of you are rolling your eyes and saying, yeah – we know that Microsoft’s fiscal year starts in July…, but that’s not the primary reason.  (I’d be silly to say that doesn’t have any impact on it, though – let’s say that it helps to place additional significance on July.)  Most of the reasons that July has been significant to me begin with High School graduation, I think.  It seems to me that significant phases of my life are marked by a July season.  I left Arizona and my home for college out of state in July 1985 and started working to keep myself supported at that time.  In July 1986 I left my young life and started a mission for my Church, which sent met to Ecuador where I learned Spanish and learned to love and to serve and to sacrifice for all types of people.  In July 1988 I returned home and a few months later started the next phase of my life when I met Kris, my wife-to-be.  That was a life changing year, without a doubt.  Life continued that way, with each July season bringing significant new challenge and change.  Summer of 1991 was a double-decker, with May bringing a trip to Fiji to pick up our first son, and August bringing college graduation.  July 1994 found me selling my first home and taking the family (with a recently added daughter) to the Philadelphia area to start work in what seemed like a foreign land, and July 1996 resulted in the launching of my failed startup…  Summer 1999 brought me to Seattle with BroadVision, and some time during July 2002 was the date of my first interview with Microsoft.  Coincidence?

Our family vacation this year fell on the first two weeks of July and has provided me a time to refresh and renew the stuff that I’ll need for the next year or so.  This next year is going to bring the release of the next version of SharePoint Server, and I’m already spending as much of each day as I can with my customers helping them understand the many different pieces that make up the SharePoint pie.  This isn’t one of those thin crust pies, either…  this is a 3 inch thick Chicago style pie with the layer of crust on top of it, also, and it is incredible.  Every time you carve out a piece, you find a new piece of functionality to savor.  Good stuff.  Get yours.

In the meantime, let me know if I can help.

Update:  dang – I just realized by looking at the blog entries…  I started this blog in July 2003… the hits just keep rollin’ on.